Book Review: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.

I’ve been a fan of Jenny Lawson’s blog The Bloggess ever since an old co-worker sent me the Beyonce post.

Fans of Jenny’s work already know exactly what I’m talking about. But, because I’m so nice (and because it needs to be shared), here is the post in question for the rest of you. I’ll wait while you get caught up.

Ready? RIGHT?! Ok.

Anyway, after that day, Jenny became a regular in my Google Reader line-up. Which is why I was pretty dang thrilled when I heard she was coming out with a book of memoirs. And it has to be said: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened does not disappoint.

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Jenny’s stories are so hilarious and shocking, I’ll admit there were times I would stare at the page and think, “There is no way that happened.” (Three words: Taxidermied squirrel puppet. You’ll have to read the book for more clarification.)

And then she would share a childhood photo of exactly what she just said happened. (Yup. Taxidermied. Squirrel. Puppet.)

But aside from all the outrageous stories from her childhood, Jenny’s revelations about herself and her struggles with mental illness are the most lasting moments of the book. She (rather bravely) reveals very difficult truths about herself, and even those who haven’t experienced the extent of what she goes through will find themselves nodding along in agreement as she describes feeling like an outsider and dealing with her own coming-of-age issues.

Basically, she sounds exactly like the type of person you want to hang out with despite her protestations that she would be hysterically babbling in a corner if all of her readers actually tried to hang out with her.

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